WordPress is a renowned open source blogging platform and more than 25% websites that exist on internet run on this platform. This is enough to prove its popularity. It’s one the user friendly blogging platform and you can easily find tons of tutorial if you’re facing any difficulty. WordPress supports Bluehost hosting and you can easily install WordPress on Bluehost. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to install WordPress on Bluehost. As you may know there are many methods available to do so like you can install WP using your hosting cpanel, Mojo MarketPlace etc. But here in this tutorial I’m going to show you the easiest one and that is WordPress tools. You can find WordPress tools tab on your hosting cpanel and that tab can be used to install WordPress on Bluehost. Let me quickly show you how to do that.
You get a free domain name with Bluehost hosting. However, you can assign domain name from other domain registrars to your Bluehost hosting. If you’re going to use Bluehost domain name that you’ve got free with your hosting plan then it’s OK. Otherwise, you need to assign your domain name to Bluehost first. If you want to point Godaddy domain to Bluehost then you can read this article.
As mentioned above if your domain name (on which you want to install WordPress) belongs to another domain registrar like Godaddy, Big Rock, or the like then first assign it to your hosting cpanel. Note: you don’t need to do anything if you’ve purchased your domain name from Bluehost. Once you assign your domain to Bluehost follow the steps given below.
How to Install WordPress on Bluehost using WordPress Tools
Follow the steps given below to install WordPress on Bluehost using WP Tools.
Get access to your Bluehost hosting account and from the navigation menu click on WordPress tools.
Now from the left panel, click on New Install.
In the next step, select a domain on which you want to install WordPress.
Let Path column blank or if you wish then enter a sub-folder name.
Next give a title to your site. You might have thought some, simply enter that here.
Now we’ve reached to Admin Username. Here most newbie bloggers make mistakes that they set their username as their site name. This is the biggest mistake that you can make in WordPress installation because you can set your site username only once. An easy username becomes more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Simply remember one think that your username should be unique. Give yourself enough time to think of a unique username because you cannot change it. Once you have a unique username enter it to Admin username column.
Admin password should be difficult and must be a combination of special characters, numbers, and uppercase and lowercase letters. Here I want to mention never use third party password generator application to generate password for your WordPress blog. I don’t recommend it and I know one incident when a blogger’s WP blog got hacked and when he contacted to WP team then they replied that his site got hacked because his password was generated by a third party password generate application. So simply believe in yourself and create a strong password. Also make a habit to change it periodically.
In the last box, enter an email address that you want to assign to your WordPress blog. Here you can enter Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, or custom email address.
We’ve filled out our WP installation form successfully and now its time to press Install WordPress button to finish our installation process.
Once you hit Install WordPress button then don’t press refresh or back key. Just wait till the installation completes.
After successful WordPress installation, now its time to login to our WordPress blog. For that purpose, in your browser’s address bar type URL of your website then add /wp-admin for example http://www.yoursite.com/wp-admin and then hit enter or search button. After that you will reach to your WP admin login page where you’ll need to enter your admin username and password to get access to your WordPress dashboard.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed WordPress on Bluehost.
Next important task for you is deciding whether to install free WordPress theme or premium WordPress theme. Here I want to let you know if you’re a serious blogger then never go with free WP theme because of security and SEO. Perchance you can find a good free WP theme but no one can give you assurance that your theme will remain the same. A WordPress theme framework is a foundation of your blog therefore don’t let any stone unturned while selecting a theme for your blog. You can read this post for better understanding 6 points to help you decide free or premium WordPress theme. Or if you’ve already decided to buy a premium theme for your blog then I recommend you to choose Genesis theme.